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Mobility activism and nudism meet during the World Naked Bike Ride through the streets of Brussels. Slogans were ‘Tous nus dans la rue’ (all naked in the street), or ‘ Burn fat not oil’.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at the European Union building for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

BELGIUM, Brussels. 20/06/2015: Militants for nudism and mobility gather at Square des Freres Orban for the annual World Naked Bike ride.

All shot with the LeicaQ…

‘Pamina Devi’, a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on W.A. Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’ was first created in 2006 for the New Crowned Hope Festival in Vienna curated by Peter Sellars on the occasion of the celebration of the composer’s 250th anniversary. Only the basic theme of Mozart’s libretto remains in this production which for the rest is totally Khmer.

Ms. Shapiro’s ‘Pamina Devi’, although it was shown at the Schönbrunn Palace Theater in Vienna in 2006, toured the US in 2007 and the Netherlands in 2008, was never presented properly to the Cambodian public until now. The performance by the Sophiline Arts Ensemble can be attended at the Department of Performing Arts Theater (Streets 384 & 173 behind Spark & Tawandang Microbrewery) 21-23 May at 7 PM and 24 May at 4 PM.

It must be said that the Department of Performing Arts Theater is probably one of the worst conceived theaters one can find in this universe. Performers who pull off a wonderfull show like this in such a performing-arts-unfriendly location, are worthy of our admiration.

The Cambodia Daily ran 5 pages (with the coulour versions of the photographs) about the rehearsals of the play in its print version of May 23rd and features a video in its online version at THIS LINK.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sao Somaly (left) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sao Somaly (left) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, prays with her dancers before a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, prays with her dancers before a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, rehearses 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, rehearses 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Keo Kuntearom and other dancers prepare for a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Keo Kuntearom and other dancers prepare for a rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Notes on 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 18/05/2015: Notes on 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects Lim Chanboramy rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects Lim Chanboramy rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Chao Socheata (left), Sao Phirom (center), Rin Sreyleak (right) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Chao Socheata (left), Sao Phirom (center), Rin Sreyleak (right) and dancers rehearse 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects dancers rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 19/05/2015: Sophiline Shapiro, choreographer, corrects dancers rehearsing 'Pamina Devi', a choreography based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Costumes are sown on dancers for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Costumes are sown on dancers for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers sow jewellery on their limbs before a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: A dancer checks her moves in a mirror ahead of a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: A dancer checks her moves in a mirror ahead of a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2015: Dancers prepare for a final dress rehearsal of 'Pamina Devi', a choreography by Sophiline Shapiro based on Mozart's 'Die Zauberflöte", first commissioned by Peter Sellars in 2006 and never properly shown in Cambodia.

The mirage is growing… I continue to follow the development of Koh Pich (Diamond Island). I started this in 2009 (see HERE), basically photographing the changing landscape of the island where many families who were providing vegetables to the people in Phnom Penh were evicted from.

The whole place looks a bit like a real-life Sim-city game, referring to classical French architecture: put a Versailles inspired building here, drop an empty city hall there, shamelessly copy Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands, add a park with sculptures here or there, preferably representing exotic animals. It’ll keep the people happy…

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 13/05/2015: Development landscapes on Koh Pich.

It is Mom’s Day. They bore us. They carried us. All of us… Here is to you Moms…

LAOS. Kassia. 06/10/1993: Rice harvest of Hmong tribe. Sickle to reap early rice. The stems are cut at a height of 40 cm and left to dry on top of the remains.

LAOS. Kassia. 06/10/1993: Rice harvest of Hmong tribe. Sickle to reap early rice. The stems are cut at a height of 40 cm and left to dry on top of the remains.

ITALY. Napoli. 21/07/1984. Partenope beach.

ITALY. Napoli. 21/07/1984. Partenope beach.

SUDAN. Kosti. 23/10/1988: South Sudanese displaced. Most of the malnourished children are too weak to walk the 300 m to the feeding center and have to be carried there.

SUDAN. Kosti. 23/10/1988: South Sudanese displaced. Most of the malnourished children are too weak to walk the 300 m to the feeding center and have to be carried there.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/89. Workshop for military clothes, near Psar Thmey (Central Market).

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/05/89. Workshop for military clothes, near Psar Thmey (Central Market).

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees. Train departing from the border towards Istanbul.

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees. Train departing from the border towards Istanbul.

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees in camp built by Turkish Red Crescent.

TURKEY. Kapikule. 5/07/1989: Bulgarian refugees in camp built by Turkish Red Crescent.

VIETNAM. Hanoi. 25/02/1990: Peddlers at the entrance of the old town.

VIETNAM. Hanoi. 25/02/1990: Peddlers at the entrance of the old town.

THAILAND. Sho Klo. 23/03/1991: Karen refugees. Patients in MSF-run dispensary.

THAILAND. Sho Klo. 23/03/1991: Karen refugees. Patients in MSF-run dispensary.

MALAWI. Nyamithutu. 8/07/1991: Newly arrived Mozambican refugees waiting for medical screening at MSF-run dispensary.

MALAWI. Nyamithutu. 8/07/1991: Newly arrived Mozambican refugees waiting for medical screening at MSF-run dispensary.

LAOS. Kassia. 12/10/93. Chung Po family on their way to work on a distant field.

LAOS. Kassia. 12/10/93. Chung Po family on their way to work on a distant field.

GUATEMALA. Guatemala Ciudad. 20/12/1994: Basurero slum located on the city'sngarbage dump. There is no sewage system. Water is running from three taps at 2 AM, forcing the 500 inhabitants to queue in the middle of the night.

GUATEMALA. Guatemala Ciudad. 20/12/1994: Basurero slum located on the city'sngarbage dump. There is no sewage system. Water is running from three taps at 2 AM, forcing the 500 inhabitants to queue in the middle of the night.

GUATEMALA. Mash. 02/04/1995

GUATEMALA. Mash. 02/04/1995

INDIA. Delhi. 12/12/1996: Sucheta Kriplani Hospital. Newborn. There are some 18000 births a year in this hospital alone.

INDIA. Delhi. 12/12/1996: Sucheta Kriplani Hospital. Newborn. There are some 18000 births a year in this hospital alone.

ANGOLA. Luanda. 28/05/1997: Maternity ward.

ANGOLA. Luanda. 28/05/1997: Maternity ward.

ANGOLA. Cuito. 10/06/1997: Maternity ward in hospital rehabilitated by MSF.

ANGOLA. Cuito. 10/06/1997: Maternity ward in hospital rehabilitated by MSF.

GERMANY. Berlin. 23/08/1997: Buildings at Kosmonautenallee in Marzahn.

GERMANY. Berlin. 23/08/1997: Buildings at Kosmonautenallee in Marzahn.

ALBANIA. Kukes. 08/06/1999: Kosovar refugee calling relatives on phone set up by British Telecom at MSF camp.

ALBANIA. Kukes. 08/06/1999: Kosovar refugee calling relatives on phone set up by British Telecom at MSF camp.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/12/1999:

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/12/1999:

CAMBODIA. Tuol Krasang (Battambang). 10/01/2001: A family rests during the rice harvest.

CAMBODIA. Tuol Krasang (Battambang). 10/01/2001: A family rests during the rice harvest.

BURMA. Mong Kar (Wa State). 10/11/2003: Rice harvest in paddy fields. UNODC has built irrigation canals in the area allowing several crops of rice a year. Their main concern is that the newly irrigated land will be occupied by Chinese immigrants.

BURMA. Mong Kar (Wa State). 10/11/2003: Rice harvest in paddy fields. UNODC has built irrigation canals in the area allowing several crops of rice a year. Their main concern is that the newly irrigated land will be occupied by Chinese immigrants.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/01/2006: A displaced family from Rumchek3 camps in a park in front of Wat Botum pagoda trying to get back their land from the authorities. More than 200 people from across the country were camped here at the same time to protest land theft.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 27/01/2006: A displaced family from Rumchek3 camps in a park in front of Wat Botum pagoda trying to get back their land from the authorities. More than 200 people from across the country were camped here at the same time to protest land theft.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/02/2006: Displaced people camping at Wat Botum, waiting to meet officials to discuss their case.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/02/2006: Displaced people camping at Wat Botum, waiting to meet officials to discuss their case.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/01/2008: Dey Krahorm residents living in a market stall after the house they were renting was destroyed.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 6/01/2008: Dey Krahorm residents living in a market stall after the house they were renting was destroyed.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/05/2008: Evictees from Battambang province rest during the last four-and-a-half hours of their long march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/05/2008: Evictees from Battambang province rest during the last four-and-a-half hours of their long march to Prime Minister Hun Sen's house.

MYANMAR, Pan Lei (Ksieng Tong - Shan State). 29/04/2013: Members of the Enn minority. There are only 2,000 members of this ethnic group remaining. They make additional income by selling handicrafts to tourists brought there by organised trekking tours.

MYANMAR, Pan Lei (Ksieng Tong - Shan State). 29/04/2013: Members of the Enn minority. There are only 2,000 members of this ethnic group remaining. They make additional income by selling handicrafts to tourists brought there by organised trekking tours.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/02/2014: A child rests on bags of rice donated by Mrs Lida, a French-Khmer, who distributed food and money, collected among the Khmer community in France, to 156 families from Borei Keila, 15 from Boeung Kak Lake, the 30 injured during protests at Steung Meanchey and the 23 detained and 5 killed during the January army crackdown.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 28/02/2014: A child rests on bags of rice donated by Mrs Lida, a French-Khmer, who distributed food and money, collected among the Khmer community in France, to 156 families from Borei Keila, 15 from Boeung Kak Lake, the 30 injured during protests at Steung Meanchey and the 23 detained and 5 killed during the January army crackdown.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/09/2014: Evicted villagers from Lorpeang (Kampong Tralach district) which have found a safe haven within the premises of the Boeung Kak lake land rights activists, allowing them to pressure the authorities to find a solution to their issue, wait and rest for their next move.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Preah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Samaky Reangsey pagoda, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/10/2014: Representatives of more than 250 families evicted in Preah Vihear province who are momentarily staying at Samaky Reangsey pagoda, march through the streets of Phnom Penh to deliver a series of petitions.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Protesting mothers carry their child when some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 6/10/2014: Protesting mothers carry their child when some 800 people from communities impacted by land issues demonstrate in the streets of Phnom Penh on World Habitat Day.

First time in Hong Kong. Just 6 days… Now THAT is quite a city. Why didn’t I end up living there at one point in my life?

This is a selection. The full set is on my website HERE.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: A girl poses for a photograph on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: A girl poses for a photograph on the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: International Finance Center.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: International Finance Center.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Market at Bowring street in Tsim Sha Tsui.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Market at Bowring street in Tsim Sha Tsui.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Star Ferry.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Star Ferry.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Newlyweds being photographed in front of hte Ferris wheel near the Central Piers.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: Newlyweds being photographed in front of hte Ferris wheel near the Central Piers.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Child at the Science Museum.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Child at the Science Museum.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Poster of a reclining buddha in front of the Hong Kong island skyline.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Poster of a reclining buddha in front of the Hong Kong island skyline.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Member of the Falung Gong sect meditating at the Star Ferry terminal on Tsim Sha Tsui during a protest.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Member of the Falung Gong sect meditating at the Star Ferry terminal on Tsim Sha Tsui during a protest.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: A model is having her make up retouched dring a photo shoot on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: A model is having her make up retouched dring a photo shoot on the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Hong Kong Island skyline as seen at dusk from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 18/04/2015: Hong Kong Island skyline as seen at dusk from the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino housemaids take a selfie on top of a foggy Victoria Peak during their free day.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino housemaids take a selfie on top of a foggy Victoria Peak during their free day.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino migrant workers enjoying their day off at Central.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Filipino migrant workers enjoying their day off at Central.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers learn to play violin while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers learn to play violin while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Backdrop from a photographer providing souvenir photographs for Indonesian migrant workers enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Backdrop from a photographer providing souvenir photographs for Indonesian migrant workers enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 19/04/2015: Indonesian migrant workers play games organised by a migrant's rights organisation while enjoying their day off at Victoria Park.

HONG KONG. 21/04/2015: Tourist photographing his hand on the ferry to Cheung Chau.

HONG KONG. 21/04/2015: Tourist photographing his hand on the ferry to Cheung Chau.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers at the Pak Tei temple burning incense during a commemoration ceremony.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers at the Pak Tei temple burning incense during a commemoration ceremony.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Offering of four roasted piglets after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Offering of four roasted piglets after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers enjoying a communal snack at the festivities association's premises after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG, Cheung Chau. 21/04/2015: Worshippers enjoying a communal snack at the festivities association's premises after a commemoration ceremony at the Pak Tei temple.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: The harbour as seen from the highway from the airport to Hong Kong.

HONG KONG. 17/04/2015: The harbour as seen from the highway from the airport to Hong Kong.

It is that time of the year again… Phnom Penh citizens leave the city by the thousands and scatter all over the country… But voluntarily… And in a totally different context compared to 40 years ago.

Happy Khmer New Year to all.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey taxi station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey bus station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers wait for their departure to their home village at Psah Thmey bus station at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 10/04/2015: Citizens leave Phnom Penh ahead of the Khmer New Year celebrations. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Travellers at Chroy Changvar wait for their departure to their home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Traveller at Chroy Changvar sick even before leaving for her home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Traveller at Chroy Changvar sick even before leaving for her home village at the beginning of the Khmer New Year. On April 17th 1975, Phnom Penh was emptied of its citizens by the Khmer Rouge.

Ten of the eleven land rights activists who were in jail after having been arrested on November 11 and 12 2014 have been released from Prey Sar prison today at 3:40 PM, through a Royal Pardon granted for Khmer New Year. That is the surface. The release was negotiated by the opposition CNRP who convinced the ruling CPP to show some goodwill now that the new National Election Committee members took their oath in front of King Sihamoni at the same moment the activists were released.

For what happened before, please refer to ‘HEARTHS OF RESISTANCE’

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 arrive at Boeung Kak Lake after being released from Prey Sar Prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 arrive at Boeung Kak Lake after being released from Prey Sar Prison.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Inmates from Prey Sar prison are fixing a 'Happy New Year' banner at the entrance gate while supporters are waiting for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Inmates from Prey Sar prison are fixing a 'Happy New Year' banner at the entrance gate while supporters are waiting for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters are waiting at the Prey Sar prison gates for the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Ho Vann, CNRP lawmaker, accompanies land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 to the Prey Sar prison gate.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Ho Vann, CNRP lawmaker, accompanies land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014 to the Prey Sar prison gate.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, is reunited with her daughter at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation. She was arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny, land rights activist, is reunited with her daughter at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation. She was arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Tep Vanny and Kong Chantha, land rights activists, greet supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon their liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison cheer the liberation of land rights activists who were arrested in November 2014.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Kong Chantha, land rights activist, greets supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation.

CAMBODIA, Prey Sar (Phnom Penh). 11/04/2015: Kong Chantha, land rights activist, greets supporters at the entrance gate of Prey Sar prison upon her liberation.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Nget Khun, alias Mamy, a land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is greets relatives at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Nget Khun, alias Mamy, a land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is greets relatives at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is being interviewed at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 11/04/2015: Po Chorvy, land rights activist who was arrested in November 2014, is being interviewed at Boeung Kak Lake upon her release from Prey Sar prison.

The following photographs are just a small sample of ‘Hearths of Resistance’, an ebook which focuses on the social and political turmoil during the 18 months after the 2013 legislative elections in Cambodia. With the opposition CNRP gaining a surprising 55 of the 123 seats at the National Assembly, this was the first serious democratic challenge for Prime Minister Hun Sen in some 30 years. Surfing on this success and relying on a pool of disgruntled citizens who suffered land grabbings, on the 600,000 garment factory workers living on insufficient wages and more generally on normal citizens confronted with a daily dosis of corruption and injustice, the CNRP managed to mobilize the masses for 6 months. A violent crackdown by the army on January 3rd of striking workers forced the opposition into a strategy of compromise. The workers and the evicted communities had to rely on their own.

With over 500 photographs and a video, an interactive map, a glossary available through the captions and quotes from protesters giving their definition of the word ‘resistance’, this ebook is an attempt to show the resilience of those who resist the erosion of their human rights.

‘Hearths of Resistance’, an ebook for your iPad or your Apple computer running iBooks is now available on iTunes for less than 7$ at this link.

A review posted on iTunes by those who bought the ebook would be very much appreciated.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/08/2013: A mother feeds her child when people gather at Wat Phnom to pray for a peaceful outcome of the political deadlock after the 2013 parliamentary elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 29/08/2013: A mother feeds her child when people gather at Wat Phnom to pray for a peaceful outcome of the political deadlock after the 2013 parliamentary elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/09/2013: Monks receive balloons during the 3rd and last day of a mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to dispute the results of the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/09/2013: Monks receive balloons during the 3rd and last day of a mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to dispute the results of the 2013 legislative elections.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/10/2013: A CNRP supporter chills out under the trees at nearby Wat Phnom park on the 2nd of a 3-day mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to protest the 2013 elections and demand an effective implementation of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 24/10/2013: A CNRP supporter chills out under the trees at nearby Wat Phnom park on the 2nd of a 3-day mass demonstration at ‘Freedom Park’ by the opposition CNRP to protest the 2013 elections and demand an effective implementation of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/12/2013: Riot Police make clear to garment factory workers blocking Russian Boulevard at the Ministry of Labour that they have to break up a demonstration for a salary rise. Salary increases for workers were one of the 7 main requests from the opposition CNRP during the July 2013 elections campaign.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 31/12/2013: Riot Police make clear to garment factory workers blocking Russian Boulevard at the Ministry of Labour that they have to break up a demonstration for a salary rise. Salary increases for workers were one of the 7 main requests from the opposition CNRP during the July 2013 elections campaign.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/01/2014: Workers from the Yakjin factory who were dispersed in the morning by Unit 911 from the RCAF, block traffic on Road Nr 4, standing next to a heavily polluted drainage canal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 2/01/2014: Workers from the Yakjin factory who were dispersed in the morning by Unit 911 from the RCAF, block traffic on Road Nr 4, standing next to a heavily polluted drainage canal.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 1/02/2014: Garment workers head for home at the end of their shift near the place where striking workers were killed during the crackdown by the army on January 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 1/02/2014: Garment workers head for home at the end of their shift near the place where striking workers were killed during the crackdown by the army on January 3rd.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2014: Monks demonstrate near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court during the trial of 23 workers and union leaders arrested during the violent crackdown on striking workers of January 3rd.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 20/05/2014: Monks demonstrate near the Phnom Penh Municipal Court during the trial of 23 workers and union leaders arrested during the violent crackdown on striking workers of January 3rd.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/02/2014: Back of a man who had a suction cups treatment backstage during an open forum about the role of buddhism in politics organized by the Boeung Kak Lake community.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 17/02/2014: Back of a man who had a suction cups treatment backstage during an open forum about the role of buddhism in politics organized by the Boeung Kak Lake community.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA. Phnom Penh. 12/02/2014: Inhabitant from the Borei Keila community which was evicted in January 2012 and had to live in unhealthy shacks near a building they were promised an apartment in, expresses joy when taking unauthorized possession of a lot in the empty building.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/12/2014: A young girl checks her smartphone in the unhealthy settlement at the foot of the buildings which were promised to the Borei Keila community before their violent eviction on January 2012.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 3/12/2014: A young girl checks her smartphone in the unhealthy settlement at the foot of the buildings which were promised to the Borei Keila community before their violent eviction on January 2012.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/10/2014: A buddhist monk photographs his colleagues during meditation on the 2nd day of a protest at the Vietnamese Embassy against what is considered by the demonstrators as the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 5/10/2014: A buddhist monk photographs his colleagues during meditation on the 2nd day of a protest at the Vietnamese Embassy against what is considered by the demonstrators as the annexation of Kampuchea Krom by Vietnam in 1949.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/10/2014: Two hundred evicted from Bavel district in Battambang province are hosted at Wat Chas.

CAMBODIA, Phnom Penh. 28/10/2014: Two hundred evicted from Bavel district in Battambang province are hosted at Wat Chas.